A Shot in the Dark


 
A question has rattled around in my mind for some time:

How could one tell the difference between an ordered universe and a completely random one?

These might seem like two very different entities. However, both types of universes would contain persistent patterns and phenomena. In the former, the persistence would be the result of established forces. In the latter, just the result of sheer chance.

Do we have the analytical means to tell the difference between these causes?

Think about it. The limits of human knowledge are more constricting than they initially might seem to be.
 
 

Advice for the Vapid at Heart


 
The best piece of advice I ever got was “Follow your own instincts.” Because what else do we have really? I’ve probably been advised to do almost everything and its opposite by one person or another along the way. For good or for ill, you can only live with the decisions that are truly yours, the one’s that come from the most authentic parts of yourself.
 
Even Kim Kardashian needs to be Kim Kardashian. In the end, the only true emptiness is not knowing who you are.
 
 

Thought of the Day


 
“I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”. Brian Wilson’s succinct expression of alienation. We’ve all felt this at sometime or another, that we don’t fit into whatever world we must inhabit. Truth is–few shapes truly mesh. Ask M. C. Escher.

I suppose it’s both the strongest measure of hope and the sharpest form of self-torment: the ability to imagine a world ideal for us, where we can only thrive.
 
 

Best Songs of 2016

This is my annual round up of favorite songs from the calendar year. I didn’t have nearly the time to find new music this year as it has been for me chaotic and exhausting much of the time. However, here are the five that blared from my speakers the most.

“Running with the Wild Things” 路 Against the Current
A hard driving pop-punk tune with new-wavey overtones. I love the mix of heaviness and buoyancy in this song.

“Hungry” 路 White Lungs
Another great mix of melody and discordance. And the most intriguing composition lyric-wise on this list.

“Born for Me” 路 The I Don’t Cares
Paul Westerberg remade this song from an earlier solo album with another indie rock veteran, Juliana Hatfield. The result is sublime rock and roll.

“The Last Thing on my Mind” 路 The Joy Formidable
TJF make some of the most epic sounding music without ever resorting to theatrics or overwrought arrangements. This one never fails to move me.

“Adore” 路 Savages
Brutally subdued is the phrase that best describes this song. Awesome.